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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: Francina's Green Fever
By Verna Cole Mitchell
10/27/09


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Francina Frog was feeling sick,
Though no one would believe her.
She said she’d been infected by
A bad case of green fever.

The winter doldrums had set in
Through drab and dreary days,
When all she’d seen surrounding her
Were browns and dingy grays.

And then, as though a wand were waved
With magic “hocus pocus,”
She saw some sprigs were springing up
From bulbs of budding crocus.

Forsythia and daffodils
Gave puny stems a push
Before the foliage could grow out
On rose and snowball bush.

At sight of trees unfurling leaves,
Her bug eyes bugged out more
At ash and aspen, sassafras,
Beech, birch, and sycamore.

And when new blades of grass appeared,
Francina was elated.
She shouted from her lily pad,
“My fever has abated.”

Her fever gone, she sang this song
In bass cacophony,
Amid “kerthumps” and mega jumps,
“The whole world looks like me!”


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Mariane Holbrook11/01/09
Oh to be an illustrator! I could have so much fun with this poem! It's masterfully done from every angle and I wish someone from a publishing house would contact you about including it in an adorable book for children. It would be a knock-out winner and I'd buy the first ten copies! Good luck with this one and it will really please me if it takes first place. It's so good, I'm "green" with envy (yes, the pun was intended!)
**grin**
Colin Swann11/01/09
Loved this - my sort of poem.
Thanks for sharing. Colin
Beth LaBuff 11/02/09
This is so much fun... beginning with your title. :) The frog's viewpoint is priceless and I absolutely love the last stanza.
Betty Castleberry11/02/09
Just too cute. It made me smile. I'm with Mariane. This begs to be illustrated. Excellent.
Dee Yoder 11/03/09
I'm with Marianne, too--an illustrator would have a ball with this poem. It's delightful!
Linda Watson Owen11/04/09
Perfect! Perfect! Perfect in every whimsically delightful way! You are just SOOOO good!! I love all your rhymes and this week, this one takes the (birthday) cake! (wink wink) Keep 'write on writin'' these wonderful gems, my friend!
Diana Dart 11/04/09
Masterful, as always. Just what a fun, roll-off-the-tongue poem should be.
Laura Manley11/04/09
Outstanding! I'm not surprised you are in Masters. Excellent job! Laura
Ruth Brown 11/04/09
I wish I'd said that.
Fun to read to a child from a book, illustrated of course!Great Fun!
Carol Slider 11/04/09
Wonderful poem, and I LOVE the last line! As always, very well done!
Laury Hubrich 11/05/09
Congratulations, Verna! What a birthday present!!!
Beth LaBuff 11/05/09
hey, congrats Verna!! :) Francinca is special! :)
Loren T. Lowery11/06/09
Not only are you a great encourager, you are fast becoming the Poet Laurette of FW's. I'm so happy for you and congratulations, once again!